Day described the abortion lobby as “a corporation that wants to keep abortion legal so that they can keep making money.” She noted that pro-life organizations don’t make money from women keeping their babies, but instead offer support and supplies: “We, in fact, spend money if we’re successful and a woman chooses life.”
Despite their financial disadvantage, pro-lifers have every reason to continue pushing against abortion, Day said: “We have to fight just as hard as the abortion lobby because we’re fighting for what’s right.”
Oregon voters on Election Day approved two first-in-the-nation ballot initiatives that significantly relax the state’s drug laws. One measure decriminalizes recreational drugs, and the other legalizes the sale of psychedelic mushroom products at licensed outlets.
The first initiative, Measure 110, reduces the penalty for possessing a small amount of a controlled substance, including methamphetamines, heroin, and fentanyl. Previously, misdemeanor or felony convictions for possession of illegal drugs could land offenders heavy fines or jail time.
But Oregon voters approved reclassifying such offenses as lesser violations resulting in $100 fines or having to take a health assessment. Making or selling illegal drugs will still be a felony, and someone with a “substantial quantity of controlled substances” could get a misdemeanor conviction. The measure will also reallocate tax revenue from legal marijuana sales to addiction recovery centers that provide case management, peer support, and treatment referrals for people with addictions.
Four committees that were registered in support of the measure reported more than $5.7 million in contributions. The New York–based Drug Policy Alliance—which advocates for decriminalizing drugs—contributed more than $4.5 million of that.
The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission estimated that convictions for drug possession would drop by 91 percent under Measure 110. Supporters rejoiced that the measure could reduce drug convictions that disproportionately incarcerate minorities and would promote a health-focused approach to addiction. Opponents warned the measure would remove a significant path to treatment—drug courts. The addiction recovery centers are not residential recovery programs, and courts can’t mandate offenders use the programs under Measure 110.